Saving Money on a Road Trip with Kids

Our life is fraught with road trips. Roughly once a month, we make a four hour road trip (one way) to visit either my parents


The Hows & Whys of Our Car Purchase: A 2009 Toyota Prius

If you had told us a year ago when we started our research that we would wind up settling on a new car for our

How I Use Credit Cards … And Why

Sasha writes in with a typical question: A lot of different personal finance bloggers have different ways that they use credit cards. Some of them

Sports Illustrated’s Fifty Years of Great Writing – Free!

I love reading essays. There are few things better than kicking back with a small piece of great writing that can both educate and entertain


Teaching a Three Year Old How to Save

Over the last few months, my three year old son has received quite a few $1 and $5 bills from relatives for various reasons –


14 Tactics for Getting Ahead At Work – No Matter What Your Job Is

In every place I’ve worked, I’ve noticed a handful of patterns. Some people seem to fit in well, do their work, and usually get the


The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Spring Break Edition

My wife has the week off this week and we’re enjoying it. Our kids are going to have their first overnight stay at their grandparents


Is a Frugality Tip That Saves You a Quarter a Waste of Time? Some Notes on Economies of Scale

A recent comment by Mindy provided an interesting insight into how many people view frugality: I know I’m a little late coming to this discussion

Quality of Life and Consumer Spending

Recently, I read a fascinating comment from Sydney on SmartSpending (I added the bold myself): I’ve never understood the unending supply of articles telling people

Thoughts on Working from Home – One Year Later

One year ago, I began my journey as a full-time writer working from home. Prior to making that leap, I worked full time in a

Reader Mailbag #54

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance

Review: The One-Life Solution

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal productivity, personal development, or entrepreneurship book. A few weeks ago, I went out to breakfast with


10 Best Personal Finance Apps For Success on The iPhone

This article has been requested by a small army of readers. For many of you, this article won’t apply much at all – for a

My Real Net Worth

Every month, I spend some time on a personal finance statement. I’m careful to include the current balances on all of my debts and assets,


A Guide to Making Inexpensive and Delicious Homemade Pizza

Homemade pizza night is a weekly occurrence at our house. For us, there is simply nothing that quite matches homemade pizza for appealing to all

Who’s Right? Who’s Wrong?

Recently, I heard some pretty strong (but valid) criticism of The Simple Dollar (that applies to most personal finance blogs out there): You are a


Frugality and Feeling Deprived

One of the things my wife and I both pride ourselves on is coming up with inexpensive and creative solutions for common problems. We like

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